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Ross Simons vintage costume jewelry

Ross Simons vintage costume jewelry

Beautiful vintage pendant. 925 Sterling silver, emerald, sapphire, ruby. 2.6 cm. 1980s. Ross Simons vintage costume jewelry

Ross Simons vintage costume jewelry
Traditionally handcrafted, most of the company’s vintage jewelry is made of silver, gold, platinum, and precious and semi-precious stones. According to the marking on jewelry pieces, the company moved the production to China, supposedly in the 1970s.
Born in 1916 to a Jewish family in Lynn, Massachusetts, Sidney Thomas Ross received a good education and was destined to become a lawyer. After graduating from Lynn Classical High School, he entered the prestigious Tufts University Law School. However, he chose another way, deciding to go into retail.
In July 1952, 36-year-old Ross became a partner of Phil Simons. Together with his wife Lillian, they opened the first jewelry store in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Thus, the name of the Ross-Simons store and Ross-Simons, Inc. company reflected the names of two business partners.

18 K gold plated sterling silver heart pendant

18 K gold plated sterling silver heart pendant

At first they bought jewelry from the same suppliers as other jewelry stores, but offered jewelry at lower prices. Of course, their competitors did not like that, and as a result, Ross-Simons faced several lawsuits in 1956 and 1957. However, years of litigation ended in favor of Ross-Simons, Inc.

Ross Simons vintage costume jewelry

Hallmarked 925 R CHINA. The stylized R is for Ross Simmons

Hallmarked 925 R CHINA. The stylized R is for Ross Simmons

Inspired by the success, the company began to expand, opening additional stores in Rhode Island and then beyond. Then, in 1981, Ross sent out his first catalog to 100,000 potential clients. This was the beginning of a very great success.
In 1998, Ross underwent open heart surgery, as a result of which he decided to leave the business he founded. By that time, the company already had annual revenues in excess of $ 100 million. Six years later, on September 21, 2004, Ross passed away at the age of 88.

Ross’s son, Darrell opened a new chain of stores which he named after his father, Sidney Thomas Jewelers.

925 Vermeil Amethyst Peridot flower necklace

925 Vermeil Amethyst Peridot flower necklace

Amber gold plated sterling silver ring

Amber gold plated sterling silver ring

Angel Pendant Necklace. Gold, sterling silver, spinel

Angel Pendant Necklace. Gold, sterling silver, spinel

Bow pendant. Sterling silver, Cubic Zirconia

Bow pendant. Sterling silver, Cubic Zirconia

Butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, amethyst

Butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, amethyst

Coral flower brooch. 925 sterling silver, lucite, gold plated. 5 cm. 1990s

Coral flower brooch. 925 sterling silver, lucite, gold plated. 5 cm. 1990s

Cross pendant. Sterling silver

Cross pendant. Sterling silver

Crystal flower cocktail ring. Sterling silver, art glass

Crystal flower cocktail ring. Sterling silver, art glass

Emerald crystal heart pendant. 925 sterling silver

Emerald crystal heart pendant. 925 sterling silver

Filigree design sterling silver crystal pendant

Filigree design sterling silver crystal pendant

Floral design sterling silver enamel bracelet

Floral design sterling silver enamel bracelet

Green stone 925 sterling silver pendant

Green stone 925 sterling silver pendant

Multicolor stone floral design brooch. 925 sterling silver, gold plated, zirconium. 5 cm. 1990s

Multicolor stone floral design brooch. 925 sterling silver, gold plated, zirconium. 5 cm. 1990s

Key sterling silver pendant

Key sterling silver pendant

Love for life sterling silver pendant

Love for life sterling silver pendant

Pink flower ladybug ring. Sterling silver, enamel

Pink flower ladybug ring. Sterling silver, enamel

Snowflake vintage pendant. Gold tone metal, sterling silver, topaz

Snowflake vintage pendant. Gold tone metal, sterling silver, topaz

Turquoise cabochon sterling silver pendant

Turquoise cabochon sterling silver pendant

Vintage Black Glass Angel Pendant, sterling silver

Vintage Black Glass Angel Pendant, sterling silver

Wreath filigree pendant. Sterling silver, faux and clear crystals

Wreath filigree pendant. Sterling silver, faux and clear crystals

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